WATCH: You Found WHAT In My Purse?By Ali Geering-Kline
The ABC Cincinnati I-Team came to the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) to talk to us about our discovery of high levels of lead in purses. We told them about the health implications these purses hold, not only for the women who carry them, but for the kids who may like to play with their mommy’s fashion accessories.
While 40 retailers signed a legal agreement with CEH two years ago to cut the lead in their accessories, CEH has still been finding violations of that agreement in some of those retail stores.
A full list of the handbag retailers selling leady handbags can be found here.
Watch the ABC News video here:
As mentioned in the video, lead is an stunningly toxic metal that should not be present in products that we use everyday. As CEH’s own Research Director Caroline Cox noted, “You’re touching your purse and then a little bit of lead is getting on your fingers, so very time you maybe touch your mouth of eat a cookie, you’re being exposed to lead.”
For more articles about CEH’s work on testing purses for lead, and our legal action to get lead out of purses, check out these related posts:ABC News, handbags, Lead, purses, video
Ali manages the website and coordinates the online communications of CEH. She works with the communications and development staff to create messaging strategies and public education content for CEH’s supporters and online audience. A Bay Area native, Ali attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Studies. This allowed her to live abroad in Argentina, where she studied Latin American history and learned valuable Spanish language skills. Ali is thrilled to be part of an organization that advocates for healthy communities so effectively.